Friday, January 4th, 2008


So when will the re-airing of Season One begin, and in what time slot?

Okay so I go to the AMC website, and I have to say it ain’t easy to navigate. You go to Schedules and then they list hot shows (“Don’t Miss This Month). So you click on Mad Men and that just brings you to the regular Mad Men page, touting its wonderfulness and talking about Thursdays at 10:00 PM.

I go back. Above the hot show list is a “Give Me The Schedule For” drop down menu. Great. Found it.

And it says, Monday, January 21, 2008, 12:00 AM.

Now, I know full well that technically that is Sunday night, but it’s one of those things where it could be listed either way. I had someone let me know, in fact, that they were to be aired Mondays at midnight.

I did confirm, however, because it talks about showing it following the newest show, Breaking Bad. Which airs Sundays at 11:00. So Sundays at midnight it is.

Sundays at midnight.

Can I say once more what a bunch of monkeys the AMC programmers are, not to mention the Copy Supervisors of the website?

(ahem.)

Set your thingies.

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And maybe CTV won’t have the calm-damaging stinky paws of AMC. Who knows?

It may be Peggy, even more than Don, who is the ultimate example of the cost of upward mobility to which Matt Weiner alludes.

What we learned at the end of The Wheel is that Peggy may be willing to give up her own child in order to succeed in business without really trying. Isn’t that, finally, the nature of corporate life?

Peggy sees a world where people “want what they haven’t seen;” and she wants it to. She is being rewarded for intelligence and creativity in a way she never imagined, that is virtually unimaginable for a working-class woman in that era. And she wants that reward. She doesn’t understand it, she underestimates its financial value, she hasn’t seen it; but she wants it.

When Peggy arrived at Sterling Cooper, she just wanted to do well in a secretarial job. She didn’t understand what was expected of her, but she was determined to perform. I suspect that the sexuality was nothing more than performance; she slept with Pete, made a move for Don, only because it seemed like it was part of the job description. She had no desire for herself, only ambition.

But then Belle Jolie happened, and Peggy became a writer. She was celebrated. She was rewarded. And that was, finally, something she wanted for herself. As badly as Pete hurt her, success was way better than Pete.

So now that she has this thing she hasn’t seen, will she sacrifice it for love and motherhood? I don’t think so. I think that’s “Brooklyn” to her, and she’s set on her “Manhattan” path. Isn’t this exactly what Weiner meant by the cost of upward mobility? Isn’t this exactly the dark side of the American Dream?